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Women's Basketball: SRJC not able to get past tough DVC

#0 Destiny Grayer

SRJC 61, Diablo Valley College 75

             In their first game of the second round of Big 8 play, the Bear Cubs (3-5, 7-11) hosted the sixth ranked team in the North, the Vikings of Diablo Valley College (14-4, 7-1). The Vikings scored first on their second possession of the game—a 3-pointer. Destiny Grayer recorded the Bear Cubs' first two points on free throws after nearly three minutes of play. The Vikings completed a 3-point play 33 seconds later. Over a minute after that Angel Bernardi was fouled and made both free throws. The Vikings made their next three shots and so did the Bear Cubs to put the home team behind by two at 11-13 with 3:45 on the clock. The Vikings scored the next five points, and then Grayer and Jenny Eggers each made a field goal. Doris Jones scored on a drive with 52 seconds left, and Maddie Strom caught Cammie Barsuglia's pass and scored four seconds before the buzzer to get the Bear Cubs to 17-20 at the end of the period.

            Kylie Oden's 3-pointer tied the score 28 seconds into the second quarter. The Vikings started with a 3-point play and added two field goals by Jones before Maddie Strom made one free throw with 6:20 on the clock. Jones hit a pull-up jumper eight seconds later. Jenny Eggers made the Bear Cubs' first field goal just before the midway point of the quarter to make their deficit 23-29. Maddie Strom's turnaround fade away jumper at the 3:36 mark made the score 25-33. During the remainder of the period, the Bear Cubs sank three 3-pointers—one each by Kylie Oden, Destiny Grayer, and Angel Bernardi—while the Vikings made four field goals to take a 41-34 lead at the end of the half.

            The Vikings scored the first five points of the third quarter. Jenny Eggers finally added two more points for the Bear Cubs after more than two and half minutes of play. After a successful drive by Destiny Grayer and a 3-pointer by Kylie Oden, the Bear Cubs were behind 41-50 with 4:03 on the clock. The Vikings outscored the home team 8-2 in the final minutes of the period, as the Bear Cubs only added two free throws by Grayer, to fall behind 43-58.

            Destiny Grayer drained a 3-pointer after just 10 seconds to start the fourth quarter scoring. The Vikings added two free throws and a field goal before Kylie Oden hit a pull-up jumper at the 7:59 mark. Two free throws each by Grayer and Jenny Eggers and a field goal by Eggers closed the gap to 54-64 with 5:34 on the clock. The Vikings made a 3-pointer and a field goal before Kylie Oden sank a floater. The Vikings scored on a putback, and then Kylie Oden swished a deep 3-pointer with 3:22 left to make the deficit 59-71. The Vikings sank another putback and Jones drove right through the Bear Cubs' defense again to complete their scoring with 2:20 left. The Bear Cubs only added two more points on Oden's drive with 44 seconds remaining to make the final score 61-75.

            The quicker and more athletic Vikings made 32 baskets, most them from inside the key on drives, pull-up jumpers, and uncontested layups. The Bear Cubs made 21 baskets, eight of them 3-pointers. Doris Jones led all scorers with 28 points.

            Kylie Oden was the leading scorer for the Bear Cubs with 20 points, on 4 field goals and 4 3-pointers. Destiny Grayer played her best game so far and scored a season high 19 points on two field goals, three 3-pointers, and 6 out of 6 free throws to go along with two steals and three assists. Jenny Eggers contributed 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. Angel Bernardi scored 5 points, and led in rebounding with 8 and in assists with 4. Maddie Strom also totaled 5 points and Mireya Lopez added 2.